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Hi all! I have a quick first impressions review of a brand I’ve never used before. :)
Laura over at Live Love Polish (a new online nail polish store—there’s a discount code at the bottom of this blog post) contacted me and wondered if I would like to try out a couple of polishes from the brand UNT. The brand is well known in France and Japan, but just now coming to the USA. In fact, Live Love Polish is one of the first USA stores to carry it.
To see all the UNT polishes LLP carries, click here.
I picked out two colors to try out: CNT Cotton Candy and UNT Sealed With a Kiss. I initially thought I could use these two polishes together, but ended up using a different polish with Sealed With a Kiss.
I really like the brushes on these polishes. It’s a very flat, wide brush. The brush is reminiscent of OPI brushes, but more wide like the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line.
The first polish I tried is UNT Cotton Candy, a super pale pink. The formula of Cotton Candy was quite sheer, and I had to build up 4-5 thin layers to reach complete opacity. But that could simple be the byproduct of the color—a very pale pink. Pale colored polishes are notorious for being thin and needing multiple coats. Not sure I can blame them there. It’s actually a really pretty color once you have it on. However, be prepared for some thick polish with all those coats.
Here are some shots of UNT Cotton Candy. It’s definitely a tiny bit brighter out of the bottle…
One thing I found perplexing is that UNT polishes don’t have the color name on the bottle anywhere. Not even on the sticker on the bottom. In fact, I had to look these polishes up before writing this blog post because I’d forgotten the color names.
Now for the second polish… I don’t have many glitter top coats, so I thought I would try out UNT Sealed With a Kiss. I’m pretty sure this polish is meant to go on top of other polishes, so that’s what I planned to do right from the start.
I initially put the glitter polish on top of Cotton Candy (as mentioned, I planned to use them together). I really love the floating stars and hearts in the polish and wanted those on each nail. But it was super hard to get those little buggers out of the bottle! LOL! I did eventually get them out and onto my nails, but the polish job was awful and WAY TOO thick to be realistic. So instead, I waited a few days and tried again.
The second time I attempted to use Sealed With a Kiss I used China Glaze Innocence as the main color on my nails. I did three thin coats and could still see my nails underneath, but tried to embrace it. I generally hate seeing my nails underneath polish, but thought I’d try it this once. After letting Innocence dry for a bit, I applied two coats of UNT Sealed With a Kiss…
When I applied Sealed With a Kiss, I was determined to avoid any of the problems I had before (aka super thick coats because I was trying to get the stars and hearts out of the bottle). I didn’t try to get any of the stars or hearts this time, and in fact I ended up only getting one star out of the bottle. Since I didn’t want just one nail with the star, I swiped it on a paper towel and did not apply it to my nails. Too bad the stars and hearts didn’t work out. They’re super cute in the bottle. But I do really like the multicolor glitters! There’s adorable over pale pink polish.
Here’s an extreme up close shot of the glitter…
All in all, I think I’m curious enough to try out a couple other UNT colors. I’ll likely try out a darker shade next. :)
Live Love Polish has a 10% of discount code for you guys that’s valid until September 30, 2014! They have quite a few other brands of polish, not just UNT, so be sure to check them out! Just use the code LIVELOVEKRISTINA at checkout. :)Pin It
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Recently was reminded by various sources online that one of the best ways to extend a manicure is to reapply a top coat each day. Not only does it make the polish last longer, but it adds extra strength (and I can use all the help I can get to prevent nails breaking). This manicure is two days old, including putting it through it’s paces by prepping for a birthday party at my house (setting up tables and chairs and lots of dish washing). Just applied a new coat of HK Girl top coat and it looks like I just painted my nails. :)
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